Donna Frost has had a lifelong love of horses. When she moved to SWFL in 2016 she became a volunteer for Special Equestrians Inc. Fort Myers. It was there that she met Princess Sofia and fell totally in love with her, understanding that Sofia had issues that would need to be addressed. With time, patience, love, and kindness Sofia has made so much progress since their first meeting and Donna knew that their story needed to be told.
Today I Was - Tolman Main Press Children's Books
Heidi Ahlquist is a full time nurse and a mother of 4 children who lives in Cranston, RI. Heidi loves reading to her children and listening to who they want to be when they grow up. This is her first children’s book.

Richard Ballo is from Waltham, Massachusetts. He began his writing career in Waltham as a technical writer in the home remodeling field.

Later, as an at-home dad in Leominster, MA he wrote freelance articles for the newspapers in the area and started writing for magazines.

At 39, Richard was widowed.

Richard continued to write, and his memoir ‘Life without Lisa’ was published. He has now authored over 10 books and continues to write.


Richard became involved with the community including volunteering at the board level at several non-profits including Avow Hospice, Seacrest Country Day School, and Kiwanis.

Richard earned his B.S. degree in Journalism and Technical Communications from Suffolk University in 1986, and his MBA from Hodges University in Naples, FL at age 60.

After being a widower for 20 years the right woman walked into his life. Richard and Terri married in 2014. For their honeymoon, they rode their 2004 BMW motorcycle in South Dakota and Wyoming for 11 days. They saw where the buffalo roam and the deer and antelope play. They went horseback riding and dug for dinosaur bones.

Richard and Terri live a full life in Southwest Florida and enjoy their three adult children and grandchildren.

Crabby Claws and Chocolate Cake - Tolman Main Press Children's Books
Stephanie Ballo, lives on Marco Island, Florida with her retired yacht captain husband. She enjoys boating, fishing, cooking and baking, and visiting with her nephews and great-nephews. She was inspired to write this book after a visit to the Chesapeake Bay and learning about the rich seafood industry and island culture. She enjoys traveling and seeing new cultures and art both in and outside of the USA. Karissa Costa is a Ringling College of Art and Design alumni. At Ringling, she earned her Baccalaureate of Fine Arts in Illustration. Although she was born and raised in sunny Florida, she now calls freezing Minnesota her home.